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If Al Jefferson isn’t effective, the Charlotte Bobcats have no chance to beat the Miami Heat. If Jefferson ceases to be Big Al, if plantar fasciitis limits what he can do when he has the ball as well as when Miami has it, Charlotte’s season ends quietly.

2014 NBA playoffs: After three quarters of Game 1, the Miami Heat had shot 20 free throws and the Charlotte Bobcats had shot five. In the second quarter, the Bobcats didn’t shoot a single free throw. In the second quarter Miami was called for one foul.

Instead of tanking like some fans thought they should, the Charlotte Bobcats have fought their way to respectability in the NBA.

The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh on the Charlotte Bobcats: “They’re a tough defensive team. Of course, they’ve got the inside-out game going. They have great chemistry. On cuts they run their offense very well. They’re a classic Eastern Conference team. ...”

Most of us are not like the Miami Heat’s LeBron James. ... Most of us are more like Charlotte Bobcats’ guard-forward Chris Douglas-Roberts. At least, we’d like to be.

2014 NBA playoffs: Yes, the Miami Heat is outstanding. But Wednesday was a night not to worry about what could happen. It was a night to celebrate what the Charlotte Bobcats did.

This was less a competition than a coronation.

Jordan Spieth is 20. He’s too young to buy alcohol. He’s too young even to rent a car.

Golfer Kevin Stadler has the look – and the attention – of the fans.

Derek Ernst, 23, steps to the tee to hit the first Masters’ shot of his life, collects courteous applause and knocks the ball into straw on the left side of the fairway. He hits his second shot into the tree branches and the ball lands closer to the eighth fairway than the first.

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Tom Sorensen
Tom Sorensen has been a columnist at The Observer for 20 years and has been at the paper for 25, writing about nearly every sport in the Carolinas.